Name: Janet Jones
Child & Age: Ava, age 4
Hometown/Current Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Quick Bio: Creator of The Vixen Workout and Leader of The Vixen Army, Janet Jones began her professional dance career as one of the Miami Heat Dancers. Janet has worked on projects such as the MTV VMAs, Latin Billboards, Latin Grammys, HipHop Source Awards, Vibe Awards, Premios Lo Nuestro, Premios Juventud and the American Music Awards. She has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Nsync, Brian Mcknight, Diddy, Mase, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, David Bisbal, Olga Tanon, Alejandro Sanz, Usher and Pitbull to name a few. In 2012, Janet created The Vixen Workout, a cardio dance fitness class, to give women everywhere juggling the work-life balance an opportunity to cut loose in a club-like atmosphere, but within a secure environment. The Vixen Workout is the latest fitness craze that is spreading across the country with sold out classes for more that require a waiting list in South Florida and New York. For more information about Janet Jones and The Vixen Workout visit, www.vixenworkout.com
Q: What is your “go to” snack/toy/show/trick when your kids start to fuss?
A: Chocolate milk and a fuzzy blanket or a “mimi” as she calls it, are my daughter’s comfort items. So, in our fridge, I have reachable sippy cups with milk and a chest with all her “mimis.” I also keep a “mimi” in every car just in case she gets sleepy in the car ride.
Q: How do you balance being a Mommy and keeping your sense of self?
A: Because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you need to give up the things you love. I used to be a dancer, so dancing was definitely part of my identity. The Vixen Workout helps me scratch my performing itch while getting a killer workout. Keeping your sense of self-makes you a happier person and in turn a better mommy.
Q: What is your favorite piece of advice to new Moms?
A: Accept help. Talk to your friends about feeling overwhelmed (all new moms are), and don’t feel guilty if you are. Catch up on sleep every chance you get. You are not a bad mom if you take time for yourself. As a new mom, simply getting a mani-pedi can be the equivalent of a weekend getaway. Enjoy every second, as cliche as it sounds THEY GROW SO FAST!
Q: How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?
A: I incorporate “me” time, fitness, and girls night all in one hour of Vixen.
Q: How would you describe your parenting style?
A: I’m pretty easy going, her daddy is definitely the disciplinarian.
Q: Share your best or favorite place for a family vacation and tell us why.
A: We have the best memories just spending the day at the beach. Ava enjoys it so much.
Q: What’s your most memorable Mommy moment to date?
A: The first time Ava said “Mom, I love you”…. I died.
Q: As a Mommy what is it that you feel you do “right”?
A: I make sure she feels so much love from everyone she’s around.
Q: Share something you have learned about yourself since you became a Mom.
A: I always imagined myself as being the strict disciplinarian because that’s the role my mom had with me. I’m the opposite, Ava runs me!
Q: Describe your “Haute Mom” (fashion) style!
A: The same style I had before baby. Heels, great jeans, and a tee or tank. All because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you have to dress like one. I’m still Janet, just much more fabulous because I have a baby now.
Q: What’s the best surprise you’ve ever done for your kids/family?
A: Surprise road trip to Disney!